Blog housekeeping


A little blog housekeeping is in order here.

Several days ago, the overlords at SEED Magazine installed a new spam filter, which, despite some fine-tuning over the last several days, unfortunately still seems a bit more indiscriminate than we’d like, sometimes gobbling up legitimate comments without our being able to figure out what words are triggering the filter. On the internal discussion forums, some of us, such as Ed Brayton, have been scratching our heads over what triggered the spam filter on some comments. Worse, because this filter works before Moveable Type ever sees the comment, unlike the case before (where such comments would show up in a “Junk” folder from which I could retrieve and publish them), I am now completely unaware when this new spam filter slaps down a post.

So, dear readers, if you have tried to comment and it hasn’t shown up in several hours (the other spam filters can still hold up some comments that contain too many links or other features for moderation), drop me an e-mail. Better yet, if you still have the comment, send it to me, and I’ll forward it to the techies, so that they can try to figure out what the problem was. And try to be patient with us. Remember that the real enemy is the spammers. If they weren’t constantly trying to deluge our comments here with spam, then there’d be no need for all the countermeasures out techies are working on finetuning.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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